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BRILLIANT Portuguese midfielder emerges as January transfer target for Liverpool

Liverpool are planning to bolster their midfield options in the January transfer window, following reports in the media that Portuguese powerhouse William Carvalho has emerged as a target for manager Brendan Rodgers.

According to Italian publication Calcio Mercato [via Liverpool Echo], the Merseyside outfit are hoping to fend off interest from a number of top European clubs for the signature of the 23-year-old, who impressed during the European U21 Championships earlier this summer and produced a man-of-the-match performance against the young England side.

The potential arrival of Carvalho at Anfield in the new year could raise fresh doubts over the long-term future of the club’s longest-serving player Lucas Leiva, who came close to joining Turkish outfit Besiktas during the summer.

The Brazilian is the only genuine defensive-minded player for Rodgers at the moment and it’s unlikely that the 28-year-old will be happy to accept a back-up role given his importance to the team over the past eight years.

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